Codes & Standards

 

Essential to the work of the electrical contractor is knowledge of the National Electrical Code, the National Electrical Installation Standards and additional standards and codes administered by the National Fire Protection Association, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and others. Here is a list of all our articles on codes and standards listed chronologically by issue date. 

Grounding methods and requirements for systems operating at more than 1,000 volts (V), such as 5- and 15-kilovolt (kV) systems, differ slightly from those for systems of 1,000V or less. Systems in these voltage ranges are commonly referred to as medium-voltage systems.

GFCI in locker rooms


Jim Dollard has an extensive background in codes and standards. If you have a query about the National Electrical Code (NEC), Jim will help you solve it. Send questions to codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2017 NEC.
 GFCI in locker rooms


Those of us who use the National Electrical Code (NEC) on a regular basis and are familiar with the words as well as the intent of the text can often overlook the most obvious interpretations by the rest of the electrical industry.


National Electrical Code (NEC) Article 110 covers general requirements for the examination and approval, installation and use, access to and spaces about electrical conductors and equipment; enclosures intended for personnel entry; and tunnel installations.

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Cut To The Chase: Chase Nipples in Switchboards, Panelboards and More


During the past couple of months, I have had questions about whether a chase nipple, a raceway (conduit) nipple or a hub can be used to enter into panelboards, load centers, switchboards, switchgear, motor control centers and substations as transitions from cable trays into enclosures.


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General Installation Requirements, Part XXVI

Article 110 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) contains general requirements for electrical installations. Topics include examination and approval, installation and use, and access to and spaces about electrical conductors and equipment. This article is divided into five parts.



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2017 NEC: Special Occupancies—Significant Changes in the 2017 NEC, Part 8


This article provides a review of the significant changes to the rules for healthcare facilities contained in Chapter 5, Special Occupancies, in the 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC).
 Visit www.ecmag.com/2017-NEC-significant-changes for this full series.



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Conductors, Unfinished Basements And More

Jim Dollard has an extensive background in codes and standards. If you have a query about the National Electrical Code (NEC), Jim will help you solve it. Questions can be sent to codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2017 NEC.
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Passing Gas: Air Circulation for Hazardous Locations


For many years, the mystery of area classification has resided with a select group of experts within the electrical, petrochemical and industrial sectors. Many electricians, electrical engineers, fire inspectors and electrical inspectors have remained outside of this group.


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General Installation Requirements, Part XXV

In the 2017 National Electrical code (NEC), there are a few changes in 110.26. The first change is in subsection (A), which is part of a global change for the upper voltage threshold.


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2017 NEC: Chemicals, Fuels And Hazardous Locations—Significant Changes in the 2017 NEC, Part 7


Before we proceed, in part 3 of this series, the change in Section 230.70(A)(4) dealing with service disconnects on one- and two-family dwellings was reversed during the late stages of the development process and never made it into the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC).


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